Apply Now for $5 Million in GSMA mWASH Grants

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Currently 10% of the world’s population does not have access to ‘improved’ water resources, nearly 20% are without access to energy, and almost 35% lack access to improved sanitation.

These gaps are due to challenges such as last mile distribution, operation and maintenance capabilities and costs, and payment ability and collection. Furthermore, increasing urbanisation, ageing infrastructure, and lack of investment are resulting in millions of people, who are considered to have access, living with increasingly less reliable services.

The GSMA’s Mobile for Development Utilities programme is focused on looking at how mobile technology can be used to facilitate access to affordable and reliable energy, water and sanitation, which are vital for health and wellbeing, and can also help reduce poverty and drive economic growth.

A lack of access to such services often disproportionately impacts the economic opportunities, health and safety of girls and women. M4D Utilities seeks to identify and support innovative mobile-enabled solutions that will improve the lives of many, but especially this group of society.

To combat this issue, the GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities programme is proud to announce a $5 million Innovation Fund, supported by DFID, to:

  • Accelerate efforts using mobile technology to enable improved or increased access to energy, water and/or sanitation services for underserved communities
  • Identify innovative business models that can support mobile innovations for energy, water and sanitation services
  • Generate knowledge about the application of mobile enabled services which can be shared with the development community and mobile industry
  • Stimulate productive partnerships between mobile operators/tower companies and energy providers, water providers, sanitation service providers, utilities, NGOs, entrepreneurs and academics to achieve these objectives at scale

Sounds cool, eh? Then be quick to apply to the two stage application process. Concept notes due December 7th, 2014


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Bringing Sanitation Solutions Inside Homes

Unilever understands the power of markets in the developing world. In fact, 55 percent of its $66 billion in sales last year came from there. So when the nonprofit Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) got together in 2010 with board member Unilever to explore new enterprise opportunities in sanitation, the consumer goods giant supported the idea wholeheartedly.

Together, the team decided to focus on an in-home sanitation project in Kumasi, Ghana. Unilever and WSUP already had a significant presence there. Plus, the habit of paying for sanitation was long established in that region. Joined by design firm IDEO, the team traveled to Kumasi in November 2010 to gain a better understanding of the sanitation market and further develop the business model.

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mWASH: Mobile Phone Applications for the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Sector

In the past decade, water and sanitation practitioners have begun deploying mobile phones as tools to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services. In studying the deployments of mobile phone for WASH, or mWASH, applications, mWASH: Mobile Phone Applications for the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Sector seeks to identify best practices and help inform future mWASH implementation for current and potential implementers of mobile phone solutions in the WASH sector. Read more

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